Aboriginal art

The Art Gallery of NSW’s Yiribana Gallery has one of the world’s largest permanent exhibitions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Visit private galleries to buy authentic works by contemporary indigenous artists.

Near the Penrith Whitewater Stadium in Sydney’s west is the Muru Mittigar Aboriginal Cultural and Education Centre. There you can buy indigenous art and also learn to throw a boomerang. In the Blue Mountains, a short drive from Penrith, the Waradah Aboriginal Centre has indigenous art for sale.

Aboriginal artist, Outback NSW
Waradah Aboriginal Centre, Blue Mountains

Discover Aboriginal art in Sydney

Australian Aboriginal art is one of the most significant art movements of recent times. Galleries, museums and art lovers across the world collect Aboriginal paintings. You can buy quality authentic works from reputable private galleries in Sydney.

The earliest forms of Australian indigenous art are engravings and paintings found in rock shelters and caves, some dating back 40,000 years. Bark painting is another early art form.

In the 1970s, indigenous painters began to gain international recognition with their unique and colourful artwork, among them the Western Desert artists of Papunya Tula.

Today, indigenous artists produce vibrant paintings in a range of styles, including unique dot paintings, as well sculptures created from native grasses, wool and string, fine art prints, glassware, hand-printed fabrics and jewellery. The Art Gallery of NSW and the Australian Museum have extensive public collections.

Private galleries selling quality Aboriginal art from regions as diverse as Arnhem Land, and Utopia in Central Australia, include Argyle Gallery and Gannon House Gallery, both in The Rocks. Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery is located at Bondi Beach.

In Darlinghurst, visit The Artery Aboriginal Art gallery and the Australian Art Print Network. In Rozelle, the Kate Owen Gallery and Tali Gallery specialise in contemporary Aboriginal art.